Lake Minatare State Recreation Area is one of the most popular and scenic recreation areas in Western Nebraska. The 2,180-acre lake was built in 1915 for irrigation storage and is home to one of only seven inland lighthouses in the U.S. The 55-foot tall stone structure offers a beautiful view from the top. You can sit back and relax under the trees while camping or picnicking in a modern campground including paved pads with electrical hookups, modern restrooms and showers. You’ll find sandy beaches, four boat ramps, and room for power boating, skiing, or sailing. Anglers have excellent action on walleye, channel catfish, black crappie, yellow perch and white bass. Modern fish-cleaning stations are available.

  • 100 paved sites w/electric hookups
  • numerous sites w/out hookups
  • state recreation area
  • park permit required
  • picnic tables

Seven miles north of Minatare on Stonegate Road.

A valid Nebraska park entry permit is required for all vehicles entering the area. Annual and daily permits are available which you can buy at the lake and can be used at any other State Park in Nebraska.

Lake Minatare State Recreation Area Photo Gallery

The recreation area is closed each year from October 15 – January 15 for all camping and lake use as it is a Wildlife Refuge for migratory birds.